What’s The Difference Between Possession & Supply?

Possession
This is where you get caught with drugs that you’re going to use yourself. A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal to decide whether to prosecute you or not. Depending on the Class of drug you’re caught with and individual circumstances, you may get up to 7 years imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.

Supply (Dealing)
You don’t have to be a big-time drug dealer to be charged with supply-related offences. If you’re caught with drugs and it looks like you’ve bought them to sell, or give to your friends, you could be charged with ‘possession with intent to supply’ or ‘supplying drugs’. Either offence can mean up to life imprisonment or an unlimited fine or both.

The Facts

  • The law divides drugs into three classes – A, B and C.
  • Class A drugs carry the heaviest penalties.

The Consequences

Class A

Drug: 2CB, Amphetamines, Cocaine, Heroin, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, MDMA – Ecstasy, Mescaline, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Opiates, Opioids and Painkillers, PCP, PMA.

Possession: Up to 7 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to life in prison, or a fine, or both.

Class B

Drug: 2-DPMP, Amphetamines, Cannabis, Codeine, Mephedrone, Methoxetamine or MXE, Naphyrone, Opiates, Opioids and Painkillers, Synthetic Cannabinoids.

Possession: Up to 5 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Class C

Drug: Anabolic Steroids, Gamma hydroxybutyrate, Ketamine, Khat, Phenazepam, Piperazines, Tranquillisers.

Possession: Up to 2 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Production or dealing: Up to 14 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

Drug Driving

Lots of drugs can affect your ability to drive safely including some over-the-counter medicines and many prescribed drugs.

Drug Rape

Willingly taken or not, one danger of drugs is that they reduce people’s ability to sense when a situation isn’t safe.